Poking the dragon. Prominent intellectual and Australia's first Ambassador to China Stephen FitzGerald has penned a stinging criticism of Australia’s foreign policies in relation to Asia, saying Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Immigration Minister Scott Morrison are "so untutored in foreign relations and diplomacy, or so deaf, or both", that they don’t understand that "something has snapped in Jakarta".

FitzGerald says the words used by the PM and the Immigration Minister and the "lecturing, patronising and racist attitudes they convey" have fundamentally altered our relationship with Indonesia, our closest neighbour: